Library News: Becker

The Scarecrow and the Lion stopped by the Becker Public Library on Monday, July 29th to help celebrate the 80th Anniversary of The Wizard of Oz film.  The Oz Brothers, the travelling-storytelling duo of impressionists Tom Hendricks and Jeff Kortman (playing the Scarecrow looking for a brain and the Lion looking for courage), took audience members for a stroll down the yellow brick road as they shared this much beloved tale of the adventures of Dorothy and...
Local Artist Linda Pacel stopped by the Becker Public Library on July 23rd to teach young artists the basics of acrylic painting.  Participants learned basic skills and different techniques before creating their own unique painting on canvas. Mountain landscapes, a unicorn, and some colorful floral masterpieces were the result. Linda will be back on Monday, September 30th, to teach an adult painting class.  For more information, visit the events page and select the Becker...
“Oohs and ahhs” and uproarious laughter filled the air when Magician Nathan Stockwell came to the Becker Library to help kick off the Summer Reading Program. Like any great magician, Stockwell had plenty of tricks up his sleeve, including some impressive card tricks and making items appear and disappear into thin air. Stockwell called up several young audience members to participate during the show, which even included an appearance by his elusive pet raccoon, Rocky. The show was...
You may have heard of "escape rooms," which have been exploding in popularity over the past few years. An escape room is a mental and physical adventure-based game in which players solve a series of puzzles and riddles using clues, hints, and strategy to complete the objectives at hand. Players participate in groups which may consist of 2-12 people. Players are given a set time limit to unveil the secret plot which is hidden within the rooms. Escape room games are set in a variety of...
For thousands of years, people have been enjoying the physical and meditative benefits of yoga. However, most aren’t aware of the benefits practicing yoga can bring to children. A recent article in Parent’s Magazine cited that when practicing yoga poses, children learn how to exercise, develop confidence, and concentrate better – and who doesn’t want that? There are five key areas where kids benefit from the practice of yoga, and each improves their overall well-being. It...
Becker hosted the Colorful Hearts program presented by Joan Jacobson, local art teacher, on Monday, Feb. 4th.  The kids enjoyed creating a project based on the book, "In My Heart: A Book about Feelings" by Jo Witek.  If you missed this fun art night, you can catch another presentation in Big Lake on Monday, Feb 11 starting at 4:30 p.m.   Registration is required. For ages 7-12.  Both programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Library.  
When the busy holiday season has you bustling through town looking for those last minute gifts, why not take some time to give yourself a present - a visit to your local library! It's a great opportunity to slow down and enjoy some FREE and FESTIVE time for yourself. Here in the Becker Library, we have some upcoming programs that are sure to fill the whole family with holiday cheer. And of course, the Great River Regional Library has an extensive collection of holiday books, music,...
Where do you want to go this summer? Hogwart's Castle? How about back to the days of King Arthur and his court? Or maybe a galaxy far, far away? Well, you are in luck, because the Becker Branch of Great River Regional Libary is ready to take you there! Our Summer Reading Program (SRP) begins on Monday, June 11th, and continues through Saturday, August 11th. This year’s theme, Reading Takes You Everywhere encourages readers to explore all the different places - near, far, real, or...
Do you have a child that is "stuck in the middle" in grades 5-9? Does your child read at a high level? Is your child telling you they can't find anything to read? Does your child want to move up from juvenile books, but you are concerned about the issues and situations depicted in the Young Adult genre? Ask the library staff about a Gentle Read. A Gentle Read is a book that may be inspiring, heartwarming or lift the reader's spirits. These titles might also exemplify good morals,...
Hand Lettering is all the rage right now, and you can learn how to do it at the Becker Library with artist Jen Anfinson! A wide array of supplies, techniques, and fonts will be introduced, as well as backgrounds, banners, and florals. The class is FREE and takes place on Monday, Feb. 5th at 6:30pm. For ages 15 to adult. Limit 12, so registration in advance is required. A Legacy event. For more winter art and author programs around Great River Regional Library, including classes...